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Preview: Brighton Photo Biennial 2012

Monday 01 October 2012

One of the top photography festivals in the world is back for its fifth season, and the theme this year is the politics of space. The city of Brighton will be populated with free exhibitions, new commissions and a series of events and activities by Magnum photographers.

The controversial festival is edgier than ever; Julian Germain’s ‘In the Eye of the Street’ is in its 18th year, as his body of work is composed by teenagers and children sleeping on the streets of Brazil and chronicles their turbulent lifestyles.

Lulu Ash documents the amazing achievements made by Cuba in the midst of their drastic changes to their agricultural system, whilst Trevor Paglen invites the audience to view some of the top secret US government sites from up to 65 miles away.

This year also features 2012 Prix Pictet prize nominee, Edmund Clark as the first artist to have access to the home of someone living under a Home Office control order in his exhibition ‘Control Order House’, and the UK premiere of Omer Fast’s ‘Five Thousand Feet is the Best’.

The Biennial also includes Jason Larkin and Corinne Silva, as well as the 2012 Jarman Award nominees, Jon Thomson and Alison Craighead.

Whose Streets, an exhibition of archive photos from Brighton’s long established paper the Argus, shows the city’s rich history as one of contested political space through pictures of street protest.

Brighton Photo Biennial 2012 opens on October 6th across the city until November 4th.

Words: Mikaela Bartlett